Mitt Romney will travel to Pennsylvania Thursday on the same day as President Obama in a political move to hit the president over his handling of the economy and a clear symbolic step as the frontrunner in the GOP presidential field.
The Democratic National Committee hit back at Romney for his "failed leadership" while governor of Massachusetts.
"As a candidate, Romney has double downed on the failed economic policies that brought us to the brink of a second Great Depression," a release from the DNC said.
In a DNC conference call with reporters Thursday, former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said the Romney event was a "cheap shot" and that the plant's closing was unrelated to the president's policies.